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Old 02-25-2006, 02:41 AM   #1
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On my 03 Horizon the rear arm of the awning hangs up when opening the awning. The front arm starts to open and unfurl fabric but the rear arm remains in the closed position.
I have to go to the rear arm and tug on it several times and loosen it and then it will open up. It has been happening since the coach was new and the dealer can't seem to correct it.
Has anyone else had this problem and what was the fix. Thanks
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Old 02-25-2006, 02:41 AM   #2
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On my 03 Horizon the rear arm of the awning hangs up when opening the awning. The front arm starts to open and unfurl fabric but the rear arm remains in the closed position.
I have to go to the rear arm and tug on it several times and loosen it and then it will open up. It has been happening since the coach was new and the dealer can't seem to correct it.
Has anyone else had this problem and what was the fix. Thanks
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Old 02-25-2006, 02:55 AM   #3
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Yes, I had this problem also. The fabric was misaligned. When the awning was installed, they did not put any screws in the ends of the fabric where it attaches to the coach to hold it in place. The dealer had to pull the fabric toward the front of the coach and secure the fabric. The misalignment was where the fabric attaches to the roof.
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:41 AM   #4
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Thanks Charles, You and I must be the only ones with this problem,,safe miles
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:59 AM   #5
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ichn2go,
I have a similiar problem. My front door awning hangs on the front end - the rear opens about 2 inches, then the front snaps out, then they move out together. Maybe I better look at the fabric alignment too.
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:33 AM   #6
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icn and Tom,

I have also experienced this hanging. Check how much "Bow" you have in your awning when it is up against the MH. Mine has significant bow that causes the rear or front braces to hang up on occasion. Have purchased one of the center storage braces but have not installed yet.
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:40 AM   #7
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Rick, mine too is swagged down, but I have installed the center support and while I am sure it gives support it has done nothing for the hanging up. My dealer is finally talking to Dometic and I think they will replace the back arm. I just wondered if there were any other "fixes." Charles seems to have one and I am going to show that to my dealer.. Thanks all
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:59 AM   #8
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Front door awning problem. Mine used to hang up also. With the awning open, check out the mechanism and you'll find a plastic catch on both sides,( I think they were red). With the tip of a sharp knife trim the catch slightly and it won't hang up anymore. While you're at it, remove the left side motor cover and drill a drain hole. You'll be amazed at the dirt and sludge the bottom of the motor is sitting in. Good luck.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:11 AM   #9
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Good tip on the door awning Gary.

The warranty rep at my dealership took picture of my passenger side "slide topper" as when it's open it holds water....There is clearly a "wrinkle" in the aft end of the fabric.
He emailed the pic to Winnebago and we'll see what they say.
I'm wondering if it's like has been said in an earlier post that they'll have to remove and reattach the fabric...
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Thanks for the tip Gary. I looked all over it for adjustments - didn't occur to me to create my own adjustment. Will give it a try next time I have the RV at home...
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:55 AM   #11
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I thought all slide awnings held water. That is why Winnebago recommends tilting the coach with your jacks before bring in the slides if it has recently rained.
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Tom,I agree in theory with your post,since it's discussed on page 10-3 of my manual,but even having said and read that,it was not only my opinion,but the service manager and warranty reps opinion as well that the slidetopper awning was not only a little "slack",but misaligned as well.
The "ripples" at one end seemed to be what they were referring to as evidence of this.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:20 AM   #13
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Also saw this,which I sometimes don't adhere to...anyone else??

We recommend that you KEEP THE ENGINE RUNNING WHILE EXTENDING OR RETRACTING SLIDEOUT ROOMS so the engine alternator can provide maximum power for proper operation of the slideout mechanisms.
(Page 10-1 2006 Vectra Operators Manual)
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Yup, the HWH hydraulic pump along with the power awning/s runs off the chassis battery/ies.

Also the entry steps along with a host of other powered features.

The chassis batteries do a lot more than just start the engine.
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